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Leidy, Joseph; Contributions to the Extinct Vertebrate Fauna of the Western Territories. 1873, Vol. 1 of Report on the U. S, Geological Survey of the Territories, F.V. Hayden in charge. Washington, GPO, 1873

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Leidy, Joseph; Contributions to the Extinct Vertebrate Fauna of the Western Territories. 1873, Vol. 1 of Report on the U. S, Geological Survey of the Territories, F.V. Hayden in charge. Washington, GPO, 1873

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Leidy, Joseph; Contributions to the Extinct Vertebrate Fauna of the Western Territories. 1873, Vol. 1 of Report on the U. S, Geological Survey of the Territories, F.V. Hayden in charge. Washington, GPO, 1873. Quarto, pp. 358 and 37 plates.

The text is complete and in a contemporary half calf over pebbled cloth boards with gilt spine titles. The binding is tight, spine margins nicely restored. Armorial gilt stamp of the New Zealand General Assembly Library on cover and spine, book plate on front paste down. Text and plates are clean. Over all in very good condition.

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Leidy's above work on the Western Territories was the first monograph in the series of reports by the Hayden survey. Prior to this publication the larger works had appeared in the Academy of Natural Sciences publications. This was the first systematic and accurate compilation of all of the data on the remarkable finds of vertebrate fossils coming out of the western United States as part of the Hayden Surveys. This was also to be one of his last works in vertebrate paleontology. Disgusted by the ongoing feud between Marsh and Cope and unable to compete with limited funds, Leidy abandoned the study of vertebrate paleontology.

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